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Washington (75-69) «1110010026112
N.Y. Mets (64-79)000102000390

Werth powers Nats past Mets for fourth straight win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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NEW YORK -- Just like Jayson Werth, the Washington Nationals are playing their best ball of the season. Whether that'll be enough to push them into the playoffs, they'll soon find out.

Werth kept up his power surge with a home run and two doubles, leading the charging Nationals past the New York Mets 6-3 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

The Nationals have won six of seven, and have 18 games left this season. They closed within six games of Cincinnati for the final NL wild-card spot.

"We kind of waited around too long," Werth said.

A year after the Nationals topped the majors with 98 wins, they went into spring training with World Series hopes. Werth said he thought Washington might come out flat this season, but "I didn't expect it to go on as long as it did."

"We're good," he said. "It's not over. We're in a bad spot, that's for sure."

Jordan Zimmermann wound up with his NL-leading 17th victory and Rafael Soriano closed for his 40th save as Washington tries to make a late run to the postseason.

"We basically have to win out," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said.

Adam LaRoche and pinch-hitter Scott Hairston also homered and Denard Span extended his hitting streak to 21 games. Catcher Wilson Ramos threw out two runners who tried to steal second and lined an RBI single.

Werth has gone 10 for 18 during Washington's winning streak with two homers and five doubles. He's scored five runs and driven in five while raising his batting average to .328.

Werth homered in consecutive games for the fourth time this season. Before this year, he had done it only twice since joining the Nats in 2011.

Zimmermann (17-8) topped the Mets for the first time in five starts this season. He gave up three runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.

"I didn't have very good command of any pitches," he said. "I lost everything."

Zimmermann, Colorado's Jorge De La Rosa and St. Louis' Adam Wainwright all started the day with 16 wins. Detroit's Max Scherzer tops the majors with 19.

Relievers Craig Stammen, Drew Storen, Tyler Clippard and Soriano combined for four scoreless innings. Soriano reached 40 saves for his third team, having done it with Tampa Bay and the New York Yankees.

Werth hit his 23rd homer in the first and LaRoche led off the second with his 19th. Both homers sailed into the Party City Deck above the wall in left-center field, and LaRoche's drive was caught on the fly by a fan wearing a Mets jersey.

Before the game, perhaps aware Washington launched five homers the previous night, about 100 fans perched on the deck railing as the Nationals took batting practice. Many of them wound up with souvenirs -- so did a Washington player, who retrieved a hat that tumbled from the stands, playfully put it on and then tossed it back into the seats.

"These guys are hitting them out of here like this is a bandbox, and we know it's not. When you can hit them that good, you're making pitches in bad spots," Mets manager Terry Collins said.

Washington's eight homers are the most in consecutive games by any team in Citi Field history.

Span and Werth doubled in the third for a 3-0 lead. Werth doubled again in the sixth and scored on a two-out single by Ramos for a 4-1 lead. Hairston hit a two-run homer in the ninth on Tim Byrdak's first pitch.

Matt den Dekker chased Zimmermann with a two-run single in the sixth. Justin Turner doubled and hit an RBI single, but left with tightness in his right hamstring as the Mets lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Dillon Gee (11-10) left in the seventh with the Mets down 4-3. He was trying to beat the Nationals for the fifth time this year -- the only Mets pitchers to defeat an opponent five times in a season are Tom Seaver (Pittsburgh, 1973), Dwight Gooden (Cubs, 1985) and R.A. Dickey (Marlins, 2012).

Notes

OF Bryce Harper rejoined the Nationals after being checked in Washington for a sore left hip, and hit some deep drives in batting practice. He sat out, but Johnson said he expects the 20-year-old star can play Wednesday night. He hasn't been in the lineup since being scratched Saturday. "It was nice to be able to get a clear mind," Harper said of the medical checkup. ... Ramos made his 18th straight start, the most by a Nationals catcher since the team started playing in Washington in 2005. Ramos is hitting .419 with 23 RBI in 26 career games vs. the Mets. ... Mets closer Bobby Parnell had surgery on a herniated disk in his neck. Collins said he didn't have a timetable for Parnell's recovery and didn't yet know whether he'd be ready for spring training.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

J. Werth
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

J. Turner
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4110001 .281
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4000011 .274
Jayson Werth, RF4232000 .328
Ian Desmond, SS4010011 .283
Adam LaRoche, 1B4221002 .237
Wilson Ramos, C4011021 .277
Tyler Moore, LF3010011 .226
   a-Scott Hairston, PH-LF1112000 .188
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B4000011 .247
Jordan Zimmermann, P2000001 .107
   b-Zach Walters, PH10100001.000
   c-Jeff Kobernus, PH1000000 .167
Totals36611606  
a-homered for Brown in the 9th
b-singled for Stammen in the 7th
c-flied out for Clippard in the 9th
Batting
2B - Denard Span (27, Gee), Jayson Werth 2 (20, Gee), Tyler Moore (8, Gee)
HR - Jayson Werth (23, Gee), Adam LaRoche (19, Gee), Scott Hairston (10, Byrdak)
RBI - Jayson Werth 2 (71), Adam LaRoche (59), Wilson Ramos (46), Scott Hairston 2 (26)
2-OUT RBI - Jayson Werth (22), Wilson Ramos (18)
CS - Ian Desmond (5, 2nd base by Gee/d'Arnaud)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Adam LaRoche 2 (11, Throwing)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jordan Zimmermann (W,17-8) 5833140 3.36
Craig Stammen (H,4) 1000010 2.85
Drew Storen (H,20) 1000200 4.88
Tyler Clippard (H,31) 1000010 2.22
Rafael Soriano (S,40) 1100000 3.36
WP - Jordan Zimmermann (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Jordan Zimmermann 85-54, Craig Stammen 6-5, Drew Storen 19-9, Tyler Clippard 9-6, Rafael Soriano 14-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jordan Zimmermann 4-7, Craig Stammen 1-0, Tyler Clippard 1-1
Batters Faced - Jordan Zimmermann 24, Craig Stammen 2, Drew Storen 4, Tyler Clippard 3, Rafael Soriano 4
New York (N.L.) Mets
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Eric Young Jr., LF4010112 .255
Juan Lagares, RF3000112 .264
Daniel Murphy, 2B4110002 .284
Lucas Duda, 1B4110001 .240
Justin Turner, 3B3121000 .273
   Josh Satin, 3B1000010 .280
Matt den Dekker, CF3012111 .276
Travis d'Arnaud, C4020012 .159
Omar Quintanilla, SS4010003 .228
Dillon Gee, P1000010 .132
   a-Mike Baxter, PH-RF2000001 .204
Totals3339336  
a-lined out for Feliciano in the 7th
Batting
2B - Daniel Murphy (34, Zimmermann), Justin Turner (12, Zimmermann)
SH - Dillon Gee (8)
RBI - Justin Turner (15), Matt den Dekker 2 (5)
SB - Matt den Dekker (3, 2nd base off Zimmermann/Ramos)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (10, 2nd base by Storen/Ramos), Matt den Dekker (1, 2nd base by Stammen/Ramos)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Quintanilla-Murphy-Duda
New York (N.L.) Mets
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dillon Gee (L,11-10) 6.1944052 3.61
Pedro Feliciano 0.2000000 4.32
Vic Black 1000000 3.38
Frank Francisco 0.1111010 9.00
Tim Byrdak 0.2111001 8.10
Pitches-Strikes - Dillon Gee 89-63, Pedro Feliciano 4-3, Vic Black 13-9, Frank Francisco 6-4, Tim Byrdak 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dillon Gee 8-5, Pedro Feliciano 1-0, Vic Black 1-2
Batters Faced - Dillon Gee 27, Pedro Feliciano 1, Vic Black 3, Frank Francisco 2, Tim Byrdak 3
Game Information
Attendance - 20307
Game Time - 3:02
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - John Hirschbeck, First Base - James Hoye, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Bob Davidson